- January 2009 - I abandoned Japanese cars and bought a German car, Volkswagen Jetta (118 TSI with 7-speed DSG).
- February 2009 - Experienced lost of power twice on the road. Restarting the engine resolved the issue. Back to dealer, they cannot identify any problem. Anyway, the problem was away for 2 years...
- December 2012 - After almost 4 years of smooth drive with only 20,000km, I hit the jackpot. Engine light went on. Car rocked greatly. I brought it back to dealer; after two weeks in the shop, I finally managed to get a loan car. My Jetta would be in the shop for weeks apparently.
- January 2013 - My car engine was rebuilt after 6 weeks. Yeah! I drove the car back; just before I parked it into the garage. The engine light went on again. Went back to dealer and somehow it was fixed in 2 days.
- February 2013 - After one month of nervous driving, the engine light went on again. No... This time, it was fixed in a couple of days again.
- March 2013 - By now, I have researched on the Internet and found out how big the problem is for Volkswagen. I have decided to switch back to Japanese again. So long, VW!
I probably won't buy a Volkswagen due to its reliability issue, but I would admit that it was a great car. Solid built, great spec and user friendly. The engine rebuild was free of charge even my car was outside of warranty period. I know that we are protected under Australian Consumer Law, but I did not need to negotiate with VW at all. VW just did it willingly. That was another thing I like about VW.
Due to the reliability issue, the trade-in value of this car was around $13,000. With the mileage of 20,000km, this car costs me $1.6 for each kilometre I drove. Well, I figured it would be cheaper if I took taxi all these years instead.
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